Friday night we ate at "Pangea" at the reccommendation of the motel owner where we were staying.
We told him we were looking for the best gourmet restaurant around and her steered us in the right direction!
This was as good as Hemingway's or John Andrews in our opinions.
The Savory Jonah crab flan and pommes rosti and Herb gnocchi alla carbonara with applewood bacon were truly outstanding appetizers.
With appetizers out of the way we were anticipating the main course.
The Seared diver scallops with sweet corn succotash was great as was the Filet mignon alla Rossini and black truffle pate on brioche.
This is trly 5-star dining in North Bennington,Vermont.
Right next door there is a bar(owned by Pangaea, and outside dining area overlooking a running stream & waterfalls for those who like their dinner a bit less formal or less expensive.
The other bar had a bar menu that looked good also but we were there on the other side of the building for their white linen service.
This place should be on everyone's list who really wants a gourmet treat while in the Bennington area.
Both breakfasts we ate were at the Blue Benn Diner.
Just as posters here have said this is the best breakfast place around.
From vegetairian omelettes,to Steak Philly Omlettes,to foods with Tofu or prime rib you can't beat the quality,quantity,or excellent service at this small family-style diner.
We had to wait each day just to get in;the line was that long.
Get in before 8:00AMish and you'll be OK.
After that great meal Friday night we needed something a bit lighter Saturday night and the Madison Brewpub,downtown,with their fine IPA Ale(as reccommended here) was just great.
Home-made potato chips,burgers,salads,and my favorite,the Bratwurst Speical with knockwurst,bratwurst,and another kind of getman sausage all in beer-soaked sauerkraut was absolutely excellent.
Keep these places in mind if you're in the Bennington,Vermont area.